Raise your hand if you have been bored during this quarantine at home. Yes, my hand is very high in the air. My kids and husband have too. It is not necessarily a bad thing. This time has taught all of us to come up with creative ways to keep busy. Use our imaginations. It has re-taught me how to slow down, something I have not done since having kids. There have been tears and emotions, schoolwork (which is not a favorite part of the day around here) and lots of downtime. Here is another week of the good and bad. We remain healthy so all is good for now at Casa Block.
Spring Break 2020
Last week we had spring break off from online learning and a time to celebrate Passover and Easter. It was a rainy week and a week that is normally spent traveling and with family for the holidays so this year was definitely different from the past. Here are photos from the past week. There are more photos than usual in this post because there were more days between posts. It has been a roller coaster of emotions but ultimately we are happy and healthy which is all that really matters.
Vintage Romantic Elegance
If you have not yet visited Greystone Mansion, you absolutely should! It’s stunning gardens and old architecture make for a wonderful place to visit and a very special place to capture family photos. This family chose the perfect attire for the setting. How picture-perfect are these sisters in their matching dresses? We wandered the grounds late in the afternoon and took a mix of portraits and candid moments. I really love the pictures we took, here are a few favorites:
The holidays are on the horizon…are you ready?
The holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, love, special events and parties, gifts, and celebration. But they can also be a stressful time for people getting ready- shopping, calendars filled with commitments, and so much more piled onto our already busy lives. Then there are holiday cards…do you send them out? For those who do this can be a daunting yet rewarding task. As much of a pain it is to take the photo, order/stamp/address and send the cards. But as much of a time consuming process as it is, it is so nice to receive them in the mail every year. I love seeing families and how the kids have grown. It is one of the only forms of mail that I really look forward to receiving anymore! I put them out in our home and the kids talk about them and look forward to adding new ones to the wall each day. It is a really nice tradition and is one that I hope never dies.
Below is a family session that I captured last year for the holidays. This was a weekday mini session done at a local park. I love the colors of the environment with the morning light combined with the light tones they are wearing. If you are interested in booking a session, please email me and we can find the right kind of session for your needs!
I feel as though I have grown up with this family. I have had the pleasure of capturing their crew since their first born was a toddler and have watched their family grow ever since. I have watched their bonds grow, their personalities shine, it is really something special to be a part of capturing pictures within their family unit. Their youngest was such a personality, full of energy and expression! She keeps them on their toes, in the most wonderful way. Their son has always been a bit more reserved but with a kind nature and maturity beyond his years. Their eldest daughter loves to laugh and play but with poise and grace. I feel so fortunate to make such special connections with families over the years!
I love you more.
I met this darling family at their home to capture photos of their sweet little boys. The primary focus was on the baby to get some sweet new photos of him alone. We also captured a couple with mom and big brother, just because they were too cute to pass up! The baby was about 2 1/2 months old when we did pictures, so we captured a mix of sleepy baby photos and awake. There are so many wonderful ages to capture in the baby days, this was great because he was still so new but we were able to see some personality shine through! And that little tux onesie was just the cutest thing ever!!!
Paige Lauren Palm Springs Collection
Pink, green, blue and neutrals are the tones of the amazing and super soft collection by Paige Lauren Los Angeles. We shot many adorable outfits on lots of precious babies and toddlers to create a colorful and sweet collection of images for promoting their newest line. If you have not had a chance to check out their kids clothing, I highly recommend it. The items are SO soft and stylish and I have been really lucky to work with Paige over the last several years. Here are a handful of favorites from our session!
Let there be cake!
Cake smash photography has become a popular trend for babies turning one year old. All babies react differently to this new sensation- eating sugar, getting messy, and playing with cake. It is fun to watch and I always love to end a cake smash shoot with a bath because most babies LOVE the bath! We started with a family session, sibling photos and candid moments and ended with cake. Happy birthday baby girl!
Portraits and Play
On every session I strive to find a balance between capturing portraits and candid lifestyle shots. To me, it is really nice as a mom to have a smiley happy family photo. It is what most people are looking for in a shoot. But kids don’t have a lot of patience for traditional portraits so I love to mix in some playful photos. I love when kids are kids and get to show their sweet, silly, playful side. Here is a session where I had fun capturing a range of these darling children.
Watching them Grow
Twelve plus years ago I had my first newborn photo shoot. It was before I had children of my own and I didn’t know much about children but that day changed my photography journey forever. I loved watching and capturing the joy of these new parents overjoyed and in love with their precious baby. And to watch the family grow over the years has been so touching. This was our most recent photo session and I am in love with the pictures we captured. We started out at Will Rogers Park in Beverly Hills and finished up at a nearby intersection. I have nothing but love for this family and the special place they hold in my heart. Here are my favorites from our session!